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Church damaged after deer crashes through front door

By Lauren Finch
Globe Correspondent / July 8, 2010

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A deer crashed through the front door of the Uxbridge Church of the Nazarene Monday night or early Tuesday, causing an estimated $2,000 in damage inside before it died, police and church officials said.

A church office administrator discovered the bizarre scene Tuesday morning. Noelle Herrmann, children’s pastor, said she found blood smeared on the walls and floor, glass shards, a pew and several plants knocked over, a baseboard heater trampled, and the deer lying in front of her office door.

“This was a beautiful deer, and it was really sad just to see the blood everywhere and to know it didn’t die a peaceful death,’’ Herrmann said.

The doe, probably spooked by a passing car, saw the reflection of bushes in the church’s glass front door and jumped through it, cutting its neck, nose, and leg, said Joy Gareri, Uxbridge animal control officer.

Once inside, the animal panicked and tried to escape through a window, Gareri said.

Gareri and Herrmann said they dragged the deer out of the church, and Gareri gave the body to a local hunting club.

There are woods behind the church, and many deer live in the area, Gareri said.

But she said she could not recall anything similar happening previously.

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